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Improve Your LMS Admin Home Page

My blogs to date have focused on using email and imagery to improve user communication and engagement.  There is one persona that I don’t want to forget; the LMS Administrator.  While there are lots of areas in the LMS where we can improve our LMS Administrators experience, the one that really stands out to me, is the Admin home page.

In this blog, I’ll review the steps you need to take to configure the Admin Intro Panel, and suggest a few ideas on how you can improve this page, and make it more useful.

First .. what is the Admin Home page (or Intro Panel)?  Since the arrival of the new Admin UI (removal of the old Flash UI), we have had, by default, an image of a carousel, and some text welcoming the currently logged in admin.  While the image of a carousel can certainly reflect the average day in the life of an LMS Admin, I would propose there is better use of this space!


Default LMS Admin Home Page


Lets think about what it is you want to show here.  What is most relevant to an LMS administrator that they would need in the course of their daily routine?  Jobs Aides?  Documentation? Video guides?  Governance Policies?  Once you’d decided what it is you want to show here, you’ll start to get an idea how HOW you want to show it.

Like many areas in the LMS, you’ll need to know a little HTML to get the best value out of this feature. For the purposes of this blog, I’ll create a simple, HTML table (with some less-simple formatting) that contains links to materials that might be of interest to an LMS admin.

First, lets start by creating a new introduction panel.  You’ll find the default panels under:

System Administration >> Application Administration >> User Introductions

If you do a Search (with no filters/criteria), you’ll see the complete list of Introduction panels (or “User Introductions”) available. The one with the carousel is the “DEFAULT_LEARNING_ADMINISTRATION_INTRO”.

This is more of an fyi, as the LMS does not allow you to edit the system default.  That’s ok – we’re going to create a new one anyways – so go ahead and click “Add New”.

The pop out window will prompt your (as many new LMS entities do) for an ID, Description, & Domain.  The Data textarea is where we’ll put our HTML code.  To get you started, you may use the code below.

.styled-table {
    border-collapse: collapse;
    margin: 25px 0;
    font-size: 0.9em;
    font-family: sans-serif;
    min-width: 400px;
    box-shadow: 0 0 20px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.15);
.styled-table thead tr {
    background-color: #009879;
    color: #ffffff;
    text-align: left;
.styled-table th,
.styled-table td {
    padding: 12px 15px;
.styled-table tbody tr {
    border-bottom: 1px solid #dddddd;

.styled-table tbody tr:nth-of-type(even) {
    background-color: #f3f3f3;
.styled-table tbody tr:nth-of-type(odd) {
    background-color: #ffffff;
.styled-table tbody tr:last-of-type {
    border-bottom: 2px solid #009879;


<table  class="styled-table" >
<tr><th>Great Blog Resources</th><th>Link</th></tr>
<td>Dressing up your VCAL</td><td><a href="" target="_blank">Click Here</a></td>
<td>Branding Emails Quickly and Easily</td><td><a href="" target="_blank">Click Here</a></td>
<td>Using Images in LMS</td><td><a href="" target="_blank">Click Here</a></td>

The top section contains all the code formatting (everything between <style> and </style>).  The actual content a links is below in the <table> element.  When you’ve pasted in your code, click Submit.  (remember what you used for the ID value, as we’ll need it in the next step).

Now that we’ve create a new Introduction Panel, lets go ahead and tell the LMS to use the new one, instead of the default.  You’ll find this configuration under:

System Administration >> Configuration >> Global Application Settings


Set New Default Panel


User the magnifying glass icon to search for, and select the Intro Panel we created in the last step.  Then scroll to the bottom of the page, and click “Apply Changes”

Now that we’ve created a new panel, and told the LMS to use it, lets see what the new LMS Admin home page looks like.  Click “Home” on the left hand menu system.


New LMS Admin Home Page

The next thing is that message at the bottom of the page.  “Hi [username], new to SuccessFactors Administration … “.  Technically speaking, we can’t get rid of it. Like all other labels in the LMS, its placement is fixed.  If you have a good use case for putting text under the intro panel, then the label ID you can edit is: label.ADMIN_HOME.WelcomeMessage

I didn’t want it at all, so I “removed” it by adding in white space in place of any text.  You can do this put setting the labels value to &nbsp; in each of the locales you have configured in your instance.

Multi-Language Support

If you want to add labels elsewhere, you can do so by creating custom labels, and using the following syntax:

<I18nLabel key=”instruction.u.AdminIntro“/>

(where “instruction.u.AdminIntro” is the ID of the custom label you’ve created).

Getting Some Inspiration

This blog covers the basic of how-to change the content, but there really so so much else you can do.  As I mentioned early on, this feature in the LMS relies on know HTML  (and possibly even some CSS).  The more advanced your skills in those areas, the more options your have in how you display your content.

If you have a lots of content for example, you may want to consider using “Tabs” to section off varying topics.


Inspiration Piece #1


Inspiration Piece #2

In this blog, we reviewed the steps required to create a new Admin Intro Panel, provided sample code to get you started, and showed you where to set it as the default.  Finally, I provided a couple inspiration pieces that use very advanced HTML & CSS that I hope motivate you to improve your administrators experience.

Comment below and share what you are doing on your LMS Admin home page!


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      Author's profile photo Johannes Vaeth
      Johannes Vaeth

      cool, quickly had all your articles available in my Demo System

      Author's profile photo Celia Bourgetel
      Celia Bourgetel

      Thank you Chris! Do you recommend any resources for someone who is just getting started and has no prior knowledge regarding this?

      Thank you!

      Author's profile photo Chris Stiles
      Chris Stiles
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Celia

      On the LMS side, the above instructions are all you need.  As far as resources to learn HTML, I find W3 Schools is a great site to learn basic HTML and CSS.





      Author's profile photo Celia Bourgetel
      Celia Bourgetel

      Thank you Chris. I spent my afternoon playing around with HTML. Do you know of any place that has HTML templates for email design? Starting from scratch, it's tough to get it right (I was able to create something decent, but it wasn't aligned properly in my email etc).

      Are there code templates out there where I, the admin, can copy/paste into the LMS and just update the text?

      Author's profile photo Chris Stiles
      Chris Stiles
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Celia

      I am not aware of any library of templates no, great idea though!

      A few resource you may find helpful

      1. Try asking other clients on Client Community
      2. My Blog on using Org Header/Footer feature (has some basic code)
      3. My Blog on using images in emails




      Author's profile photo Renate Weber
      Renate Weber

      Hi Chris,

      the admin homepage is (in my opinion) a lot of prominent space with unused potential.

      Your article is a great inspiration to use this potential to welcome, inform and guide the admins.

      Thanks a lot - I'm looking forward to play around myself here 🙂


      Author's profile photo Chris Stiles
      Chris Stiles
      Blog Post Author

      Renate Weber Glad you found this useful!  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!





      Author's profile photo Sandra Neal
      Sandra Neal

      I am like one of the other Administrators where I am new to some of these functions.  I love your simple to follow instructions above and was successfully able to update the Admin Home Page.  What I am struggling with is how to have two columns.  Do you have HTML code that would do that function.  For example, I would have the Great Blog box and then a Job Aids box.  Or do you have instructions with code for tabs?  I prefer the tabs.  I will wait for an answer from you and then if you don't then I'll try other resources.

      Thanks so much!  You have some great blogs that are very helpful.

      Author's profile photo Chris Stiles
      Chris Stiles
      Blog Post Author



      A basic HTML table might be a good fit here. You can learn lots more about tables here, but this is a basic table with three rows and two columns.

              <tr><td>Row 1 Column 1</td><td>Row 1 Column 2</td></tr>
              <tr><td>Row 2 Column 1</td><td>Row 2 Column 2<</td></tr>
              <tr><td>Row 3 Column 1</td><td>Row 3 Column 2<</td></tr>

      For "Tabs" code, I would direct you to Google, and search for "Pure CSS tabs".  There are many different designs, some basic, some "prettier".  Find which one you feel you can best support and meets your needs.

      Author's profile photo Sophie Lavoie
      Sophie Lavoie

      Chris, I loved this article!

      Thank you so much of the inspiring images, especially #2. The tabs offer so much potential to notify admins and provide support. I will definitively explore this. Thank you again